Get the Happiness Wisdom
The five major happiness ingredients are: love, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and letting go.
Can you love someone you don’t like or who doesn’t like you, someone who doesn’t share your views—even though they are not bad or evil individuals?
Can you forgive someone who has hurt you, physically or emotionally?
Can you express your gratitude by not complaining this and that, by not comparing yourself with others concerning your lack or abundance?
Can you show compassion to those who are less fortunate than yourself with a charitable mindset and a generous heart?
Can you let go of anger, regret, vengeance, or your material possessions that define who you think you are?
Happiness is about doing—doing things to yourself as well as to others, based on the five major ingredients.
In addition to choosing the ingredients, you should know the methods of applying those ingredients to your recipe. There are basically only two: human wisdom, and spiritual wisdom.
Human wisdom shows you how to think: who you really are, not who you wish you were; how and why your perceptions may change the realities that ultimately affect your life choices and decisions, making you happy or unhappy. Happiness is no more and no less than perceptions by the human mind. Human wisdom is right thinking, leading to right doing to create the happy life experiences.
Spiritual wisdom provides strength and guidance for right thinking by the human mind. Spiritual wisdom may not only transform but also enlighten you to become a better and happier individual.
Bottom line: even with profound human wisdom and with the help of spiritual wisdom, no individual can be completely good and happy, because humans are imperfect. So, there is no perfect recipe for human happiness.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau